Early on inRobocop 3, an action figure of our metal hero on the nightstand in a little girl's room informs us that he's now become a children's toy. The image is right on the money; despite following up two of the most violent, hilarious sci-fi/action films ever made,Robocop 3is strictly for the kiddies. It's not just that the gore has been toned down considerably to make for a PG-13 rating; also excised is the straight-faced portrait of a world run by corporate fascism. When evil corporation OCP, and its even more evil Japanese parent company, plan to raze a Detroit neighborhood to put up the shining new Delta City, the residents (including the aforementioned adolescent, who conveniently happens to be a computer expert) gang up to fight back, just like the angry neighbors inDeath Wish V. Robocop (played this time out by Robert John Burke, Peter Weller having wisely passed) could be a hindrance to the companies' plans, so a ninja android is sent in to deal with him. Even all this could have been enjoyable, in a campy sort of way, but nothing pays off as either comedy or action--tellingly, the two big showdowns with the ninja start exhilaratingly (Robocop's clunky movements hilariously counterpoised by the android's acrobatic leaps), only to end just when they're getting good. Director Fred Dekker has some nice stylistic touches scattered about, but not nearly enough to save the film. One high note, though: The animated "Johnny Rehab" spot may be the funniest ad in the whole series.--Bruce Reid
Except when it doesn't. The original Robocop movie was a brilliant satire of big business corruption, marketing and sci fi action blended together with impressive special effects and grizzly violence. The sequel not so much but still catered to that audience. By the time the third movie was to come out, in what could have been a brilliant point in the movies to make, the violent Robocop was toned down to appeal to kids since kids thought Robocop was "cool" … more
Robocop is back online and ready to serve the public and in this case it's the poor being thrown from their homes for OCP's last big push and demolishing the old neighborhoods for they're Delta City plan and have invested in a private army to do they're bidding. A lot less of Robocop in this one and while it has some interesting ideas no new ground is broken to really invest in and the satire the other two films had is practically gone.
The first ROBOCOP was great. It has become one of the classic action films from the 1980s. ROBOCOP 2 was much darker, but suffered from a severe lack of originality. ROBOBCOP 3 is the last movie in the series and in it everything comes full circle. ROBOCOP has become a legendary agent of justice that the people of Detroit love, compared to the way the populace looked at him in the first film. The old man in charge of OCP has been removed and the company is taken over by a much larger Japaneese firm. … more